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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1968-08-21 (August 21, 1968)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: August 21, 1968 (check for other copies)
Venue: Fillmore West
Location: San Francisco, CA

Source: sdb>>reel master>>cassette>>dat>>cdr
Transferred by: Mike Lai
Keywords: Soundboard; Mike Lai


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cryptical>>
other one>>
cryptical
good morning little school girl
alligator>>
feedback

dark star>>
st stephen>>
the eleven>>
death don't have no mercy
turn on you lovelight

encore
midnight hour

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Reviewer: DMT - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 29, 2012
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Reviewer: ah_uh_oh_um - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 21, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 21, 1968, at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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Super 68' Soundboard!

~On this day in GRATEFUL DEAD History~

A "Must Have" show! Classic 68' Sound.

SUMMER OF 68'

This show is a trip!

It's "Anthem of the Sun" & "LIVE DEAD" with Pigpen doing "Good Morning Little School Girl" & "Midnight Hour", incredible!

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD...for tomorrow we may die.....

Thanks for the LOVE from 1968.

PS: remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and get the poster for this show. It's a Kelley/Griffin poster. When I went to open the poster it wouldn't open/load until I clicked "open in new window". It's an amazing poster, don't miss it.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 23, 2009
Subject: First of a run of excellent shows: First killer Dark Star? First Eleven with vocals?
This is the start of a great run of shows on 4 consecutive nights: 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, and 8/24 (Two from the vault – which is probably one show, from 8/24). These shows, similar in style and set list are one of the highlights of the year (another being February-March). The difference between these and the February-March shows is that the Dead had stared to shift from the Anthem of the Sun material and sound to that of the Live Dead album. The Anthem material, though still exciting and hot, isn’t as good as that of earlier of the year. The Live Dead material is better than earlier in the year, approaching the peak in 1969.

In this 8/21/68 show, we’re missing the beginning of Cryptical and Dark Star. Jerry’s vocal is volume is low during the reprise of Cryptical, but the organ is well mic’d throughout. It’s a good Cryptical>Other One, but the end fizzles, not transitioning or really ending: it just devolves into tuning. Schoolgirl features tight playing, some nice guitar work, and top-notch vocal, harp, and organ by Pigpen.

Alligator starts in kind of mellow (for 1968) bounce, but heats up after Drums, more like the psychedelic versions typical of 67-68, but with several turns in the road. In it, Jerry plays the Mountain Jam theme (common at the time). A few minutes near the end, Jerry plays the Goodnight theme, much as he would do at the end of Going Down the Road starting a few years later. You almost expect him to go into Not Fade Away (still a few years away), but they turn back into psychedelia and a short bit of feedback.

Now comes the highlight of the show: the entire second set, which is basically the set list of Live Dead. At the time of this review, there’s a two-month gap in 1968 shows at archive. During this two months Dark Start evolved. I’ve listened to all of the Dark Stars her at Archive from the 12/67 3-minute studio version onward, and this is the first serious Dark Star, the start of the golden age of Dark Stars. This golden age ended in some time in 1970. The Dark Star of these August shows is far superior to the 1971 Dark Stars. These late ‘60’s Dark Stars explore interesting places with musical jamming, not space, but with rhythm and structure. Here, Jerry and Phil intertwine in a psychic dance on top of the hypnotic organ and rhythm section.

This is also the earliest Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven sequence here at Archive.org (is it the first?), and the only one of this run of shows. (Earlier in the year, China Cat held the St. Stephen spot.) This sounds a like the Live Dead version of March 1969. Nice vocal harmonies in St. Steven.

This is also the earliest The Eleven here at Archive that includes the vocals. The Eleven jam is electric and driving. It makes an amazingly smooth, slow, imperceptible transition into a powerful Death Don’t Have not Mercy with a great vocal by Jerry. Just fabulous stuff.

Jerry is on fire on Lovelight, and Pigpen does his usual stellar job. The end of Lovelight is cut off, unfortunately. Midnight Hour is average, not as good as the preceding set.

As of this writing, there are three versions of this 8/21 show here at Archive. They seem to all be from the same source. This one has one problem: It also has the annoying feature of having Schoolgirl twice. The first track includes Schoolgirl. You hear again when you go to track 2.

gd1968-08-21.sbd.cousinit.17689 may sound slightly flatter, slightly less high frequencies. For these reasons, I prefer the version called gd1968-08-21.sbd.cotsman.1735.sbeok.shfn_vbr

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-08-21.sbd.cotsman.17355.sbeok.shnf
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 9, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 21, 1968 at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
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Super 68' Soundboard!

Thanks Mike Lai.

"Good Morning Little School Girl" comes after Cryptical>Other One>Cryptical which is why the first track is thirty two minutes.

GMLSG appears twice.

A "Must Have" show! Classic 68' Sound.

This show is a trip!

It's "Anthem of the Sun" & "LIVE DEAD" with Pigpen doing "Good Morning Little School Girl" & "Midnight Hour", incredible!

Jimi Hendrix's song "Who knows" from the album "Band of Gypsies Live at the Fillmore East 1969" sounds a lot like "GMLSG" except for the last part. You know Jimi played all kinds of blues songs, and used them as a palette for his solos, and originals. Is there anything new under the sun?

"ALLIGATOR"!!! <------Wow! Pigpen fans gotta have this. Nothing like Pigpen singing Alligator.

~This show is SMOKIN' HOT!~

Garcia even does his "first there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is" lick during Alligator.

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.

For easy streaming or downloading use RealPlayer. Click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1968.

PS: remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and get the poster for this show. It's a Kelley/Griffin poster. When I went to open the poster it wouldn't open/load until I clicked "open in new window". It's an amazing poster, don't miss it.
Reviewer: erik65 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 13, 2008
Subject: 8-21-68, Fillmore West
Be the first to write a review? Sure! This'82> Deadhead enjoyed this recording alot, and here's why I rated it at 4 stars: this a 4th gen sbd, with a cassette off reel master in the lineage. Track one sounds awful, I'll admit. But I chalk that up to the cassette. The sound quality improves.

The band's performance is great, a typical high energy 1968 set. The song selection rocks; I love the Dark Star and the Alligator. Special kudos for keeping the jams intact by making tracks include multiple songs!!! Check out Track 6; this may be the best Midnight Hour ever. I saw it in '85, and Jerry did nothing like the guitar work he does here, and Pigpen sounds terrific!

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